Nantucket Memorial Airport

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Nantucket Memorial Airport
Nantucket Memorial Airport Logo.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Town of Nantucket
Operator Nantucket Memorial Airport Commission
Location Nantucket, Massachusetts
Hub for Cape Air
Nantucket Airlines
Tradewind Aviation
Elevation AMSL 48 ft / 15 m
Coordinates 41°15′10.4″N 070°03′32.4″W / 41.252889°N 70.059000°W / 41.252889; -70.059000Coordinates: 41°15′10.4″N 070°03′32.4″W / 41.252889°N 70.059000°W / 41.252889; -70.059000
ACK is located in Massachusetts
Location within Massachusetts
Direction Length Surface
ft m
6/24 6,303 1,921 Asphalt
12/30 2,696 822 Asphalt
15/33 4,000 1,219 Asphalt
Statistics (2006)
Aircraft operations 163,810
Based aircraft 33

Nantucket Memorial Airport (IATA: ACKICAO: KACKFAA LID: ACK) is a public airport on the south side of the island of Nantucket in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The airport is owned by the Town of Nantucket and is located three miles (5 km) southeast of the town.[1] It is the second-busiest airport in the state, after Logan International Airport.[citation needed]


Nantucket Memorial Airport covers an area of 1,200 acres (490 ha) which contains three runways:[1]

  • Runway 6/24: 6,303 ft × 150 ft (1,921 m × 46 m), Surface: Asphalt
  • Runway 12/30: 2,696 ft × 50 ft (822 m × 15 m), Surface: Asphalt
  • Runway 15/33: 4,000 ft × 100 ft (1,219 m × 30 m), Surface: Asphalt

For the 12-month period ending April 30, 2006, the airport had 163,810 aircraft operations, an average of 448 per day: 74% air taxi, 26% general aviation, <1% scheduled commercial and military. In 2006, there were 33 aircraft based at this airport: 48% single engine, 48% multi-engine and 2% helicopters.[1]


In the late 1930s, a man named Holm began allowing the Town of Nantucket to use fields on his property as an airfield. Holm's farmhouse, located at the intersection of Old South and Nobadeer Farm Roads, is still standing today, although airport buildings have been built around the farmhouse.[2]

During World War II, the U.S. Navy took control of the airport and operated it as Naval Auxiliary Air Facility Nantucket. The Navy constructed temporary bunkers and buildings, of which the buildings were torn down after the war. The bunkers, which were constructed using concrete and steel, are currently used for airport storage.[2]

Terminal and facilities[edit]

Cape Air Cessna 402 being unloaded at Nantucket in 2005

In 2009, the terminal was updated with an upgrade of the previous 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) and an expansion of 18,000 square feet (1,700 m2) at a cost of approximately $29 million. A major goal of the expansion was to increase the capacity of the terminal substantially over the original 1950s facility. Another goal was to segregate air-taxi passengers, who do not require security screening, from airline passengers, who do.[3]

The airport apron for commercial aircraft has eight parking stands for Cessna 402 aircraft mainly operated by Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines and to a lesser extent from Island Airlines. These parking locations are also utilized by Island Airlines' Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft, which are beginning to replace the airline's Cessna 402s. There are also four larger parking stands for the JetBlue E190, US Airways CRJ-200, Delta CRJ-200 and United Dash 8 Q-200 aircraft. More stands are available if needed. Most of the parking is reserved for general aviation aircraft.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
American Eagle Seasonal: New York–LaGuardia, Washington–National
Cape Air Boston, Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, New Bedford
Seasonal: White Plains
Delta Connection Seasonal: New York–JFK, New York–LaGuardia
JetBlue Airways Seasonal: Boston, New York–JFK, Washington–National
Nantucket Airlines Hyannis, New Bedford
Reliant Air Seasonal: Danbury, White Plains
Tradewind Aviation Seasonal: Teterboro, White Plains
United Express Seasonal: Newark

Up through the 1990s, a variety of other carriers served the airport, some of which used jet airliners as large as McDonnell Douglas DC-9s. These included such major carriers as American Airlines and Continental Airlines. Business Express, a Delta Air Lines' Connection air carrier, also operated seasonal jet flights into Nantucket utilizing British Aerospace BAe 146-200 aircraft.


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from ACK (Apr 2015 – Mar 2016)
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Hyannis, Massachusetts 50,000 Cape Air, Nantucket Airlines
2 Boston, Massachusetts 37,000 Cape Air, JetBlue
3 New York–JFK, New York 33,000 Delta Connection, JetBlue
4 Washington–National, D.C. 9,000 American Eagle/US Airways Express
5 New Bedford, Massachusetts 6,000 Cape Air, Nantucket Airlines
6 White Plains, New York 4,000 Cape Air
7 Newark, New Jersey 4,000 United Express
8 Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts 2,000 Cape Air
9 Providence, Rhode Island 1,000 Cape Air
10 Morristown, New Jersey N/A Ultimate Air Shuttle

Airline market share[edit]

Largest Airlines at ACK (Apr 2015 – Mar 2016)[4]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Cape Air 113,000 21.27%
2 JetBlue 75,093 19.52%
3 Island Airlines 62,041 10.08%
4 Shuttle America 12,096 7.93%
5 Air Wisconsin 9,041 5.83%


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for ACK (Form 5010 PDF), retrieved 2007-03-15
  2. ^ a b Nantucket Master Airport Plan, Chapter 3. Accessed May 4, 2014
  3. ^ Gerber, Greg (September–October 2009). "Nantucket Memorial Expands & Modernizes Without Losing Island Charm". Airport Improvement Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  4. ^ "Nantucket, MA: Nantucket Memorial (ACK)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. May 2011. Retrieved June 2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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